Matthew Zia has been appointed Artistic Director of the Actors Touring Company.

Xia was previously Associate Artistic Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester from 2014 until 2017 and prior to this, he was Director in Residence at The Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Associate Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Matthew Xia said he was ‘thrilled to be joining’ and that ‘it’s an honour to be appointed Artistic Director of ATC’. He went on to say ‘I look forward to finding and presenting new international voices to diverse communities in the UK, as well as working with cosmopolitan British writers and introducing their work to international audiences.’

Prior to taking up post, he will direct the world premiere of Hannah Patterson’s Eden for Hampstead Theatre in January 2019 and a major revival of Athol Fugard’s play Blood Knot at The Orange Tree in March 2019. He will also direct Kemp Powers’ One Night In Miami for Nottingham Playhouse opening in June 2019.

Xia’s most recent directing credits include Shebeen (Nottingham Playhouse / Theatre Royal Stratford East); Dublin Carol (Sherman Theatre); Blue/Orange, The Sound of Yellow (Young Vic) and Sizwe Banzi Is Dead (Young Vic & Eclipse).

His work at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester included Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods, The Bruntwood Award winning Wish List (Royal Court co-production) and April de Angelis’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Matthew Xia’s first season will be announced in due course.